The broader implications of that insight suggest that there are possibilities for the improvement of the teaching and learning process, and specifically for the textbook as a medium of communication. I glimpse very hazily a hypertext future for pedagogy, in which the process of composition and likewise the act of study is very different from what now seems to be the dominant mode.
Come to think of it, I don't have a very clear notion of the history of the textbook, either generally or in particular sciences, and likewise not too clear an idea of how teaching has changed in, say, the last century.This is really a theory of human knowledge, saying that **it's in the links** and it's **linguistic**. The notion of terminology as syntax of knowledge is one that needs work, but has these elements:
I tried some AltaVista searches for 'language of science', but really didn't find anything worth linking. And there don't seem to be many books with the phrase in their titles (though I remember one by Dantzig called Number: the language of science over which I puzzled in 1959):One of the bits of this has to do with the OED as a means to analyze this 'language of science', and thusfar all I've done is confirm my recollection that it was William Whewell [in 1840] who coined the word "scientist" (at least that's what the OED indicates). Just what I'll do with that track I don't yet know.AUTHOR Dantzig, Tobias, 1884-1956. TITLE Number, the language of science; a critical survey written for the cultured non-mathematician EDITION 3rd ed., rev. and augm. PUBLISHER New York, The Macmillan Company, 1939. SUBJECT Number concept. Arithmetic -- Foundations. 1 > Leyburn Library QA9 .D2 1939
The home library turned up Raymond Williams' Keywords: a vocabulary of culture and society which had (as I remembered) an entry for 'science'. By the 18th c. :
The meaning that was thus coming through, from the whole body of learning, had elements both of method and of demonstration, at a theoretical level; science was a kind of knowledge or argument, rather than a kind of subject... (233)Williams quotes Whewell 1840:
...we need very much a name to describe a cultivator of science in general. I should incline to call him a scientist.8 Feb 97